THE OIL CHANGE
Yep, we just turned the whole bandsaw on its side. Oliver's dad gave the suggestion.
THE DRILL OUT
While Oliver tried to align the guide blocks, the bottom right block would not tighten because the threads were worn out due to being previously over-tightened. Oliver's grandfather replaced the top right guide block by boring out the set screw and retapping it for a larger screw. Oliver replaced the lower set screw in the same way.
After finishing the oil change and aligning the guides, Oliver turned the saw on. The slow metal speed worked perfectly! When he manually changed the gears to run the faster wood-cutting speed, the worn out and cracked tires literally popped off.
So we ordered new urethane tires!
They were super easy to install after briefly soaking in boiling water to allow the material to expand.
Well, we made it this far, so Oliver went ahead and replaced the drive belts. He purchased from both Ace Hardware and Amazon. Ace had obviously not restocked their inventory since Oliver wiped em' out buying belts for the Powermatic Planer last month.
These are the old belts, labeled and ready to collect sawdust in an obscure corner of our shop.
Now we have a fully functional metal and wood bandsaw for our shop. Have you wondered what project brought Oliver such a headache?
A few weeks ago, Oliver salvaged 3/4" metal conduit from his grandfather's shop with the idea that the conduit would be cut into pegs for the dog holes in his new workbench.
Which he uses as jigs to steam bend wood around. It's kinda magical.
Fun fact: The present day Delta brand we know and love used to be Rockwell! Old tools never die.